The way of the blog — a poem

Gym equipment

The way of the blog is not your choice:
it chooses you.
You choose to blog but not
the way you do it.
At first you clutch the steering wheel
as tight as skin, and that’s OK
for soon you find you’ve gone astray.
When you stop begging for advice
you’ll soften up and harden up
your feet will wander left or right
you’ll drop your rules and tools
and filaments like floaters
will block your vision.
You will mute your mission to inspire
and start to write instead.
Feet, fun, freedom
hands and hesitation—
let them do their thing.
The way of the blog
finds you.

22 thoughts on “The way of the blog — a poem

  1. Sadje says:

    How well you have described the thought process of a writer/ blogger.

    1. Aha. Mental CCTV.

  2. hilarymb says:

    Hi Rachel – couldn’t agree more … great description of the blogger’s start up … ‘for soon you’ll find you’ve gone astray’ – the best way to go … cheers Hilary

    1. Yes, if it stops being fun, something has to change.

  3. candidkay says:

    Just like being a jedi:).

  4. Kim says:

    Very nice! Yes, writing is best when it’s true and simple, not trying to be something.

  5. Karen Burns says:

    Excellent inspiration!! I hope I get to the point of muting my, “mission to inspire and start to write instead” in about an hour or so.

    1. Go for it.

  6. Dan Antion says:

    This is so true !

  7. alison41 says:

    Great poem! liked the metaphors and images.

    1. Thanks Alison.

  8. Ally Bean says:

    Yes, yes, yes. Well said. Gotta do your own thing in the blogosphere, or you’ll never be happy with what you do.

  9. kersten says:

    ‘Mute your mission to inspire and write instead.’ Beautifully put ‘thereby hangs a tale’ .

    1. You have a tale?

  10. How true, how true.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    And just as mysterious is your accumulation of followers. When I started out I was happy if just one person read my posts. Now I have a worldwide collection of blog friends.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Which is wonderful, and not so mysteriously, a reflection of what and how you write.

  12. I’m trying to set up a blog as we speak, (or write). I have a long way to go but your poem is just what I needed at this time.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Happy to hear that. Good luck.

  13. Jean says:

    Good essence. 🙂

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